I WANT TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR CLINICAL PRACTICE AND PATIENT CARE!
– SUZI DAVEY
Lymphatic Education Africa (LEA) INSTRUCTORS
Our LEA Instructors are seasoned practitioners in the fields of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy, and hold certifications in lymphoedema and wound care management. As dual certified practioners with many years of clinical experience, each Faculty Instructor passionately teaches from a research based approach with extensive practical clinical knowledge and wisdom for managing patients with multiple and complex co-morbidities.
Erika van der Mescht
When a problem in arises in life, you can either jump in and try and safe the situation, or stand back, fully understand the problem, and then find an optimal solution to this problem. But without proper understanding, the solution might be a misguided.
I have always been passionate about educating patients about their health and ensuring that they understand how to manage their conditions.
The lack of knowledge about Lymphoedema in South- Africa amongst patients and health care providers further motivated me to start educating as many people as a can about this life-long condition and the management thereof.
My goal is to ensure that all the lymphoedema patients out there get quality care and effective treatment.
Jennifer Dunn obtained her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town in 2006. She specialised in Lymphatic therapy and Wound care and completed her lymphedema and wound care certification in 2016 through Lymphatic Education Africa. Her passion is assisting patients in regaining function and self esteem through the sustainable reduction of swelling, as well as pain management.
Jennifer is dedicated to education and the sharing of knowledge. As such, she has been a clinical supervisor for the University of Stellenbosch since 2016 and now also assists in small group facilitation. Being part of the Lymphatic Education Africa team is a logical binding together of 2 passions for Jennifer
I started my private practice straight out of community service year. A few years later in 2008, I qualified as a Hand Therapist and I started to become more involved in the treatment of oedema, especially in hand patients. I started noticing the need for treating oedema with my ICU patients. The need for oedema treatment in ICU became greater and it was a field that was not really focussed on in ICU. I started doing hand therapy, elevation, splinting and with that also started doing MEM on my patients and trying to treat their oedema in the arms and hands. Some was with success, and some with no success. It was through treating the oedema with my ICU patients that the medical personnel started referring all kinds of patients that struggled with oedema and thus also post mastectomy patients. In 2009, I realized that this is a field that needs attention and I started to do all kinds of courses in the treatment of oedema and also lymphoedema. I have been on various “lymphoedema” courses and some was helpful and some not at all. It was in 2013 that I realized that there must be something more out there, because I am just not getting great results with my patients. I started searching and reading in detail about the treatment of oedema and also lymphoedema and that was when I decided that I need to make a plan to try and go to America and do a proper lymphoedema course and get proper training and study further. By this time I have done every course that was available in South Africa that I knew of, but was not getting satisfactory results with my patients. My heart was set on saving enough money to be able to afford going to America to further my studies. I however knew that it would be a few years before I would be able to achieve that goal, but I had so many unanswered questions that I made it my life’s goal to some day go to America for lymphoedema training. In 2016 I came across Lymph Africa’s advert with the International Lymph and Wound Care Training Institute and I knew I had to sign up. I qualified as a Certified Lymph Therapist in 2016 and a whole new world opened for me. My universe changed. Having dealt with so many patients that has been struggling with lymphoedema and having lost friends and family members to cancer, as well as struggling with oedema myself, I just knew I had to get the treatment out there. I started a lymph clinic where I treat all types of patients as well as try to incorporate the clinic with doing charity so that patients